Renaiss. Q. volume 72, issue 1, P232-234 2019 DOI: 10.1017/rqx.2018.10 View full text
Tracy Adams

Abstract: given" (349). Though his priorities in the Genealogy are more mythographical than ethical, Boccaccio does not leave his moralist's quill in the inkpot. However, he uses it less often to prick and chasten individuals than to cast more general aspersions-on the pagans, for their foolish habit of deifying mortals, and on Christians, for doing what is far worse: making an idol of material wealth. "The wretched Christians," he says, "should blush" (349). While the preface of book 9 turns its gaze upon the classical…

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